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Our Programs

Women’s Training Program

We offer classes in felt-making, sewing and other crafts to women, some of whom, in turn, are paid for making craft items that are marketed in the US and UK. This provides women with a means to supplement their income. Our program teaches women to learn new skills for growth and self-sufficiency, leading some women to open their own small business. We provide micro-loans and/or gifts of used sewing machines. We serve about 75 women per year.

Children’s Learning Centre

The Centre provides free schooling and tutoring for children whose families cannot afford to send them to school. We teach them basic literacy and provide a path to attend a full-time school. Our students are primarily the children of women who work in the nearby carpet factories and/or participate in our Women’s Training Program. The students also receive clothing, shoes and regular medical check-ups with our nurse.

We also provide scholarships, school supplies and uniforms to students in the community who attend full-time schools. Over the past 10 years, we have placed 17 students in schools and have made a long-term commitment to fund their education.

Children’s Home

House with Heart (HwH) provides a warm and loving family atmosphere for up to 30 children by providing nutritious meals, education, enrichment activities and healthcare. We raise the children with the expectation that they will seek higher education and give back to their community.

Family Outreach Program

We provide both emergency and non-emergency help to families in need. Examples incllude:

o Emergency medical help.

o A Mother-Child Wellness Centre.

o Distribution of used clothing.

o New shoes for children.

o Optician fees and glasses for women and children.

o Water filters to prevent illness.

o Household necessities for families in need.

o Vegetables from our garden to staff, trainees and local children.

o Clean water from our home for women trainees who carry it home with them.

Developmentally disabled baby Laxmi (above), who lives in the neighborhood, comes to HwH for loving attention and therapy. Free medical care (left) is provided both onsite and offsite.

Dev Kala (in blue), a graduate of the training program, teaches women how to make a sewing pattern.

Women learn to make wedding mala, traditional matrimony necklaces, to sell locally.

The family celebrates Dashain (above top right). Left to right above: Littlest girls set off to school. Dil Babu helps Sujita learn the sarange. Welcoming new baby Abhaya.   

Students in the Children’s Learning Centre.

Rise Above - Empowering Nepalese Girls

Rise Above is a holistic, multi-year program for girls and young women aged 11-25 that provides education and skills training leading to self-sufficiency and economic dependence. It targets impoverished girls who are at high risk of dropping out of school, and provides skills training and college scholarships. Rise Above addresses the obstacles young girls face in Nepalese culture, where education for girls is not highly valued, particularly in impoverished families. Girls are often put to work at an early age to help earn an income for the family. Rise Above combats the cultural forces that lead to early marriage, employment exploitation and human/sex traffic.

Rise Above helps girls. 11 and older, to stay in school and excel in their studies.